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Dutch Police Arrest Two Hackers Tied to "Fraud Family" Cybercrime Ring

Law enforcement authorities in the Netherlands have arrested two alleged individuals belonging to a Dutch cybercriminal collective who were involved in developing, selling, and renting sophisticated phishing frameworks to other threat actors in what's known as a "Fraud-as-a-Service" operation. The apprehended suspects, a 24-year-old software engineer and a 15-year-old boy, are said to have been [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Service, Netherlands, Ravie Lakshmanan


Nasty macOS Malware XCSSET Now Targets Google Chrome, Telegram Software

A malware known for targeting macOS operating system has been updated once again to add more features to its toolset that allows it to amass and exfiltrate sensitive data stored in a variety of apps, including apps such as Google Chrome and Telegram, as part of further "refinements in its tactics." XCSSET was uncovered in August 2020, when it was found targeting Mac developers using an unusual [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Google, Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan


Kaseya Gets Universal Decryptor to Help REvil Ransomware Victims

Nearly three weeks after Florida-based software vendor Kaseya was hit by a widespread supply-chain ransomware attack, the company on Thursday said it obtained a universal decryptor to unlock systems and help customers recover their data. "On July 21, Kaseya obtained a decryptor for victims of the REvil ransomware attack, and we're working to remediate customers impacted by the [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Florida, Tech, Kaseya, Ravie Lakshmanan


APT Hackers Distributed Android Trojan via Syrian e-Government Portal

An advanced persistent threat (APT) actor has been tracked in a new campaign deploying Android malware via the Syrian e-Government Web Portal, indicating an upgraded arsenal designed to compromise victims. "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the group has been publicly observed using malicious Android applications as part of its attacks," Trend Micro researchers Zhengyu [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan, Syrian e Government Portal


Oracle Warns of Critical Remotely Exploitable Weblogic Server Flaws

Oracle on Tuesday released its quarterly Critical Patch Update for July 2021 with 342 fixes spanning across multiple products, some of which could be exploited by a remote attacker to take control of an affected system. Chief among them is CVE-2019-2729, a critical deserialization vulnerability via XMLDecoder in Oracle WebLogic Server Web Services that's remotely exploitable without [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan


Another Hacker Arrested for 2020 Twitter Hack and Massive Bitcoin Scam

A U.K. citizen has been arrested in the Spanish town of Estepona over his alleged involvement in the July 2020 hack of Twitter, resulting in the compromise of 130 high-profile accounts. Joseph O'Connor, 22, has been charged with intentionally accessing a computer without authorization and obtaining information from a protected computer, as well as for making extortive communications. The Spanish [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Joseph O Connor, Estepona, Ravie Lakshmanan


Malicious NPM Package Caught Stealing Users' Saved Passwords From Browsers

A software package available from the official NPM repository has been revealed to be actually a front for a tool that's designed to steal saved passwords from the Chrome web browser. The package in question, named "nodejs_net_server" and downloaded over 1,283 times since February 2019, was last updated seven months ago (version 1.1.2), with its corresponding repository leading to non-existent [Author: [email protected]er.com (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, NPM, Ravie Lakshmanan


XLoader Windows InfoStealer Malware Now Upgraded to Attack macOS Systems

Cybersecurity researchers on Wednesday disclosed details of an evolving malware that has now been upgraded to steal sensitive information from Apple's macOS operating system. The malware, dubbed "XLoader," is a successor to another well-known Windows-based info stealer called Formbook that's known to vacuum credentials from various web browsers, collect screenshots, log keystrokes, and download [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Apple, Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan


Several New Critical Flaws Affect CODESYS Industrial Automation Software

Cybersecurity researchers on Wednesday disclosed multiple security vulnerabilities impacting CODESYS automation software and the WAGO programmable logic controller (PLC) platform that could be remotely exploited to take control of a company's cloud operational technology (OT) infrastructure. The flaws can be turned "into innovative attacks that could put threat actors in position to remotely [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Wago, Ravie Lakshmanan


New Windows and Linux Flaws Give Attackers Highest System Privileges

Microsoft's Windows 10 and the upcoming Windows 11 versions have been found vulnerable to a new local privilege escalation vulnerability that permits users with low-level permissions access Windows system files, in turn, enabling them to unmask the operating system installation password and even decrypt private keys. "Starting with Windows 10 build 1809, non-administrative users are granted [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan


16-Year-Old Security Bug Affects Millions of HP, Samsung, Xerox Printers

Details have emerged about a high severity security vulnerability affecting a software driver used in HP, Xerox, and Samsung printers that has remained undetected since 2005. Tracked as CVE-2021-3438 (CVSS score: 8.8), the issue concerns a buffer overflow in a print driver installer package named "SSPORT.SYS" that can enable remote privilege and arbitrary code execution. Hundreds of millions of [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Samsung, Tech, Xerox, Ravie Lakshmanan, HP Samsung Xerox Printers


US and Global Allies Accuse China of Massive Microsoft Exchange Attack

The U.S. government and its key allies, including the European Union, the U.K., and NATO, formally attributed the massive cyberattack against Microsoft Exchange email servers to state-sponsored hacking crews working affiliated with the People's Republic of China's Ministry of State Security (MSS). In a statement issued by the White House on Monday, the administration said, "with a high degree of [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: White House, US, Tech, Nato, Republic of China, Microsoft Exchange, European Union the U K, Ravie Lakshmanan, Global Allies Accuse China of Massive Microsoft


This New Malware Hides Itself Among Windows Defender Exclusions to Evade Detection

Cybersecurity researchers on Tuesday lifted the lid on a previously undocumented malware strain dubbed "MosaicLoader" that singles out individuals searching for cracked software as part of a global campaign. "The attackers behind MosaicLoader created a piece of malware that can deliver any payload on the system, making it potentially profitable as a delivery service," Bitdefender researchers [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan


China's New Law Requires Vendors to Report Zero-Day Bugs to Government

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has issued new stricter vulnerability disclosure regulations that mandate software and networking vendors affected with critical flaws to mandatorily disclose them first-hand to the government authorities within two days of filing a report. The "Regulations on the Management of Network Product Security Vulnerability" are expected to go into effect [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: China, Tech, Cyberspace Administration of China CAC, Ravie Lakshmanan


Researchers Warn of Linux Cryptojacking Attackers Operating from Romania

A threat group likely based in Romania and active since at least 2020 has been behind an active cryptojacking campaign targeting Linux-based machines with a previously undocumented SSH brute-forcer written in Golang. Dubbed "Diicot brute," the password cracking tool is alleged to be distributed via a software-as-a-service model, with each threat actor furnishing their own unique API keys to [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Romania, Golang, Ravie Lakshmanan


Turns Out That Low-Risk iOS Wi-Fi Naming Bug Can Hack iPhones Remotely

The Wi-Fi network name bug that was found to completely disable an iPhone's networking functionality had remote code execution capabilities and was silently fixed by Apple earlier this year, according to new research. The denial-of-service vulnerability, which came to light last month, stemmed from the way iOS handled string formats associated with the SSID input, triggering a crash on any [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Apple, Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan


New Leak Reveals Abuse of Pegasus Spyware to Target Journalists Globally

A sweeping probe into a data leak of more than 50,000 phone numbers has revealed an extensive misuse of Israeli company NSO Group's Pegasus "military-grade spyware" to facilitate human rights violations by surveilling heads of state, activists, journalists, and lawyers around the world. Dubbed the "Pegasus Project," the investigation is a collaboration by more than 80 journalists from a [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Pegasus, NSO Group, Ravie Lakshmanan


Researcher Uncovers Yet Another Unpatched Windows Printer Spooler Vulnerability

Merely days after Microsoft sounded the alarm on an unpatched security vulnerability in the Windows Print Spooler service, possibly yet another zero-day flaw in the same component has come to light, making it the fourth printer-related shortcoming to be discovered in recent weeks. "Microsoft Windows allows for non-admin users to be able to install printer drivers via Point and Print," CERT [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan


China's New Law Requires Researchers to Report All Zero-Day Bugs to Government

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has issued new stricter vulnerability disclosures regulations that mandate security researchers uncovering critical flaws in computer systems to mandatorily disclose them first-hand to the government authorities within two days of filing a report. The "Regulations on the Management of Network Product Security Vulnerability" are expected to go into [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: China, Tech, Cyberspace Administration of China CAC, Ravie Lakshmanan


Instagram Launches 'Security Checkup' to Help Users Recover Hacked Accounts

Instagram earlier this week introduced a new "Security Checkup" feature that aims to keep accounts safe and help users—whose accounts may have been compromised—to recover them. In order to gain access to accounts, users will be prompted to perform a series of steps, which include checking recent login activity, reviewing profile information, and updating contact details such as phone numbers or [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan


CloudFlare CDNJS Bug Could Have Led to Widespread Supply-Chain Attacks

Web infrastructure and website security company Cloudflare last month fixed a critical vulnerability in its CDNJS library that's used by 12.7% of all websites on the internet. CDNJS is a free and open-source content delivery network (CDN) that serves about 4,041 JavaScript and CSS libraries, making it the second most popular CDN for JavaScript after Google Hosted Libraries. The weakness [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Google, Tech, Css, Ravie Lakshmanan


Israeli Firm Helped Governments Target Journalists, Activists with 0-Days and Spyware

Two of the zero-day Windows flaws patched by Microsoft as part of its Patch Tuesday update earlier this week were weaponized by an Israel-based company called Candiru in a series of "precision attacks" to hack more than 100 journalists, academics, activists, and political dissidents globally. The spyware vendor was also formally identified as the commercial surveillance company that Google's [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Israel, Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan


Facebook Suspends Accounts Used by Iranian Hackers to Target US Military Personnel

Facebook on Thursday disclosed it dismantled a "sophisticated" online cyber espionage campaign conducted by Iranian hackers targeting about 200 military personnel and companies in the defense and aerospace sectors in the U.S., U.K., and Europe using fake online personas on its platform. The social media giant pinned the attacks to a threat actor known as Tortoiseshell (aka Imperial Kitten) based [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Tech, U S U K, Ravie Lakshmanan, Target US Military Personnel


Update Your Chrome Browser to Patch New Zero‑Day Bug Exploited in the Wild

Google has pushed out a new security update to Chrome browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux with multiple fixes, including a zero-day that it says is being exploited in the wild. The latest patch resolves a total of eight issues, one of which concerns a type confusion issue in its V8 open-source and JavaScript engine (CVE-2021-30563). The search giant credited an anonymous researcher for reporting [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Google, Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan


Microsoft Warns of New Unpatched Windows Print Spooler Vulnerability

Microsoft on Thursday shared fresh guidance on yet another vulnerability affecting the Windows Print Spooler service, stating that it's working to address it in an upcoming security update. Tracked as CVE-2021-34481 (CVSS score: 7.8), the issue concerns a local privilege escalation flaw that could be abused to perform unauthorized actions on the system. The company credited security researcher [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan


China's Cyberspies Targeting Southeast Asian Government Entities

A sweeping and "highly active campaign" that originally set its sights on Myanmar has broadened its focus to strike a number of targets located in the Philippines, according to new research. Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, which first spotted the infections in October 2020, attributed them to a threat actor it tracks as "LuminousMoth," which it connected with medium to high confidence to a [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: China, Tech, Philippines, Kaspersky, Myanmar, Ravie Lakshmanan


Ransomware Attacks Targeting Unpatched EOL SonicWall SMA 100 VPN Appliances

Networking equipment maker SonicWall is alerting customers of an "imminent" ransomware campaign targeting its Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 100 series and Secure Remote Access (SRA) products running unpatched and end-of-life 8.x firmware. The warning comes more than a month after reports emerged that remote access vulnerabilities in SonicWall SRA 4600 VPN appliances (CVE-2019-7481) are being [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, SonicWall, Ravie Lakshmanan


Google Details iOS, Chrome, IE Zero-Day Flaws Exploited Recently in the Wild

Threat intelligence researchers from Google on Wednesday shed more light on four in-the-wild zero-days in Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer browsers that were exploited by malicious actors in different campaigns since the start of the year. What's more, three of the four zero-days were engineered by commercial providers and sold to and used by government-backed actors, contributing to an [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Google, Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan


Chinese Hackers Exploited Latest SolarWinds 0-Day in Targeted Attacks

Microsoft on Tuesday disclosed that the latest string of attacks targeting SolarWinds Serv-U managed file transfer service with a now-patched remote code execution (RCE) exploit is the handiwork of a Chinese threat actor dubbed "DEV-0322." The revelation comes days after the Texas-based IT monitoring software maker issued fixes for the flaw that could enable adversaries to remotely run arbitrary [Author: noreply[email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Texas, Microsoft, Tech, Ravie Lakshmanan, SolarWinds Serv U


16 Cybercriminals Behind Mekotio and Grandoreiro Banking Trojan Arrested in Spain

Spanish law enforcement agencies on Wednesday arrested 16 individuals belonging to a criminal network in connection with operating two banking trojans as part of a social engineering campaign targeting financial institutions in Europe. The arrests were made in Ribeira (A Coruña), Madrid, Parla and Móstoles (Madrid), Seseña (Toledo), Villafranca de los barros (Badajoz), and Aranda de Duero ( [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Europe, Tech, Spain, Ribeira, Badajoz, Ravie Lakshmanan, Aranda de Duero, Mekotio, Coruña Madrid Parla, Móstoles Madrid Seseña Toledo Villafranca